Meme stocks are back. Are the companies they highlight actually benefitting?

Aug 18, 2022
Once-faltering firms like GameStop can leverage their sudden popularity to access more capital — if they can keep stock prices high for long enough.
Shares of GameStop, the original meme stock, have dropped again, though they’re still higher than they were in early 2021. 
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Why “the house” always wins on Wall Street

Feb 8, 2022
In a new book, Wall Street Journal editor Spencer Jakab argues that the GameStop short squeeze did little to change power dynamics on Wall Street.
In a new book, Wall Street Journal editor Spencer Jakab argues that the GameStop short squeeze did little to change power dynamics on Wall Street.
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GameStop: The movie. And the TV show. And the documentary ...

Mar 2, 2021
There are at least nine projects on GameStop and Reddit vs. Wall Street in the works. Which will be first across the finish line?
A person checks the GameStop stock with the Reddit, Citadel, Robinhood and Melvin Capital logos in the background in this photo illustration.
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Short selling: Vilified yet necessary?

Feb 18, 2021
Napoleon called short sellers "enemies of the state." Others believe they serve a useful purpose.
Short sellers have had a bad reputation for centuries. Is it deserved?
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Is the GameStop saga a sign of a stock market bubble?

One thing that bubbles have in common? The unpredictable consequences of economy-wide innovations.
speculative fevers often emerge during times of major economic and technological change. "And in essence, these speculators are accelerating the rise of a new economy," says Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell.
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What does the GameStop story mean for regular investors?

Feb 4, 2021
Neil Irwin of The New York Times discusses the "laziest, simplest approach" to investing and says aspects of populism have long influenced the markets.
A GameStop store in New York. The retailer's stock, which became a populist battleground, has plunged in recent trading sessions.
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For public good, not for profit.

Your GameStop questions, answered

Feb 4, 2021
GameStop's stock price rose more than 8,000% at one point.
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How can a company like GameStop profit from stock price surges?

Feb 2, 2021
Companies can try to capitalize on a spike in stock prices by issuing new stock while the price is high.
Shares of GameStop, the original meme stock, have dropped again, though they’re still higher than they were in early 2021. 
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Why is the price of silver soaring?

Individual investors are apparently fueling the increase. It's a similar strategy to what we've seen with GameStop stock.
Retail investors are now targeting big banks who have bet against the price of silver.
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